Royal Borough says central Government should pay for flooding scheme

Royal Borough says central Government should pay for flooding scheme

Philip Dewey

Royal Borough says central Government should pay for flooding scheme
Flooding in the Royal Borough

The Lower Thames Scheme 'should be paid for by central Government to prevent flooding in the Royal Borough’ according to councillors.

The council's cabinet met last night to discuss a flood monitoring report looking back on the flooding which swept parts of Windsor and Maidenhead from December to February.

More than a 1,000 tonnes of sand was used during the floods and 75,000 sandbags were deployed by the military, with 150 properties internally flooded and 279 businesses affected.

Speaking at the Cabinet meeting, Cllr Carwyn Cox (Con, Hurley and Walthams), cabinet member for environmental services, said: "We hope to learn lessons from the flooding and improve the way we react to it but I want to say thank you to councillors and council officers who pulled together to help people through that difficult time.

"The Lower Thames Scheme, which will reduce flood risk in communities such as Datchet and Wraysbury, is a scheme which should be paid for by central Government and that is something we will continue to campaign for."

The Environment Agency (EA) has estimated it can secure £136m in funding for central Government for the scheme but a balance of £120m is requested from partnership funding.

Cllr John Lenton (Con, Horton and Wraysbury), a non-cabinet member, said: “The Jubilee River worked very well upstream for Maidenhead and Windsor but it added to the problems in Wraysbury and Datchet by adding an extra few inches.

"Wraysbury was world news but it has made it impossible to sell houses so something needs to be done to improve the matter."

Council leader Cllr David Burbage (Con, Bray) disputed the Jubilee River added to the flooding downstream but recognised the benefits of the Lower Thames Scheme.

The cabinet agreed to formally request for central Government to provide funding for the scheme and requested another flood monitoring report to be published in August.

The meeting took place at Maidenhead Town Hall.

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